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Ben Ericson

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  1. I've sent 16mm and 35mm all over the country for years. If it's one or two rolls, I will send it priority mail USPS. If I shoot 1000' feet or more, I will usually ship it Fedex 2-Day or Overnight. I've never had an issue. I think the best thing you can do, is to communicate with the lab directly and try to time it well for a quick turn around.
  2. I think what you're seeing is the difference in F stop. I'm guessing you're shooting between F4 and F8, where as Webster looks like he's shooting between F2 and F2.8? You will also see more vignetting on close focus, less on infinity... If I remember correctly. I own the preset version and definitely get more noticeable vignetting wide open.
  3. Very cool. Do you know who that rig belongs to or if someone makes that grip that fits the Bolex shutter release. I'm curious, have you had bad results with the stability of the K3 when just shooting with the pistol grip and the viewfinder? I've had very good results with the Bolex and the Bolex Pistol grip.
  4. Wow, the stock jumped from 2.10 to 33.20 in 5 days. Nolan just made a killing. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/28/kodak-soars-another-40percent-after-trump-announces-deal-to-manufacture-generic-drug-ingredients.html
  5. Sure, but it just shows that people of all skill levels often take pride in their choice of format, whether it be the iPhone, Alexa, or Film. You could maybe just say that when any filmmaker tells you about their short film, chances are that it won't be great.
  6. Okay. It sounded like you were denying the popularity of film and were citing your own personal experience on set as proof. All I did was provide an example that proves how popular it is at the moment. The biggest directors and large artists are shooting on it. Of course digital is cheaper. Nobody is going to argue with you about that... Oddly this is the first thing I thought of. 🙂 I heard it did pretty well! https://nofilmschool.com/2015/11/quentin-tarantino-hateful-eight-65mm-ultra-panavision-70mm
  7. I'm in my early 30s. I have a couple AC friends who work in LA and definitely work on a fair share of 16mm commercial projects. I know multiple DPs in New York who own 16 and 35mm cameras. I have another friend who shoots pretty much only 16mm and 35mm, commercially. He's mid 30's and based in Paris. This market didn't really exist 6 years ago. Here's a good example. Newest Drake track, Shot on 16mm with with the Arri 416. 184 Million Views. Does it get more Gen Z or Millenial than that? Have you heard the song? seen the video? If you haven't, maybe it doesn't exist. 🙂 https://youtu
  8. It will continue to exist as a niche market. Now quit worrying so much about how we prefer to make our tea!
  9. That was merely an example. Any 16mm camera is just really in demand right now. Every single film camera has gone up in value by 2 or 3 times in the last 5 years. Saw this one in an IMAX theatre. That color though! https://youtu.be/RSTucPDS0-8
  10. Unfair to compare film to cassette tapes. I am often watching documentaries and the 60 year old film looks better than the cameras they're shooting the interviews with. Film has only gotten more and more popular over the last 5 years, though. Even a used Super 16 Bolex is like 3 grand now. It seems to be mostly younger commercial directors and DPs.
  11. I loved Knives out. I have seen it multiple times, including once in a theatre. The cinematography is excellent. I personally think some of the close ups are way too sharp. Maybe vintage lenses or film would have taken some of the edge off. Yedlin also says the camera system doesn't matter, but then uses the camera that has been proven to be the closest to film! Alexa has looked amazing in tons of film. I would love to see these tests done with a GH5 or an A7S. 🙂
  12. Thank you again. I went ahead and bought a few of the Firecrests. I'll let you know how it goes.
  13. Thanks for the info. I might just go with the Tiffen White Water and grab a separate IR cut filter if needed. According to reviews online, even the White Water IRND has problems with a green shift. This is apparently pretty common with IR cut filters. Do you have any issues with color shift with your White Water NDs? I would rather just not deal with any shift in post, which is why I prefer to shoot with a stock that works best for lighting and no filters whenever possible.
  14. I am looking to purchase a set of hard stop screw on filters for my set of Leica R lenses. I will be using these lenses on a Nikon Mount Eyemo 35mm camera. Would using an IR cut / ND have any effect on the 35mm film? Is this only something that can happen in digital? Should I just get the IR cut filters so am safe to use them on any digital sensor as well or would I bet better suited to buy straight ND filters? I was looking at these. Thanks for the help! https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1089638-REG/formatt_hitech_fc52irnd_9_firecrest_52mm_nd_plus.html
  15. I haven't used it. I would assume that any of those lenses will work for you. In my experience, the zooms are pretty similar optically. Using prime lenses like the Kern 26 1.1 is where you will see a huge difference in the quality of the glass. Even then, it's all 16mm.
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